"Unfit For Command" Author Apologizes For Religious Slurs Posted On Web Site
The AP reports this morning that one of the authors of "a new anti-John Kerry book frequently posted comments on a conservative Web site describing Muslims and Catholics as pedophiles and Pope John Paul II as senile." But "as he prepared to launch the book, 'Unfit for Command,' Jerry Corsi apologized for the remarks in an interview with The Associated Press Tuesday, saying they were meant as a joke and he never intended to offend anyone. . . . Corsi, who described himself as a 'devout Catholic,' said the comments are being taken out of context. . . . In a March posting, Corsi discussed Kerry's faith, writing: 'After he married TerRAHsa, didn't John Kerry begin practicing Judaism? He also has paternal grandparents that were Jewish. What religion is John Kerry?'" Kerry spokesman Chad Clanton said, "President Bush should immediately condemn this sleazy book written by a virulent anti-Catholic bigot. It says something about the smear campaign against John Kerry that it has stooped to enlist a hatemonger." Bush spokesman Terry Holt "said neither the president nor his campaign has ever questioned Kerry's military service. 'It's shameful for the Kerry campaign to suggest so by falsely associating us with this effort,' Holt said."
Campaign Finance Groups Challenge Anti-Kerry Ad In Court.
The AP also reports that "three campaign finance watchdog groups filed a complaint Tuesday accusing a group of Vietnam veterans of violating the campaign finance law by airing an ad that challenges Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military record. Democracy 21, the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center argue that the ad by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth violates a federal ban on the use of unlimited donations, often referred to as 'soft money,' to influence federal elections."
Gingrich Says Furor Over Ads, Kerry Record May Last Until November.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor to comment on swift boat veterans controversy. Gingrich said, "I think that it is a muddle and is part of the whole problem that Senator Kerry has drifted into by emphasizing his Vietnam experience so much. . . . My sense is there's a very mixed bag from the standpoint of those people who dislike Senator Kerry, there's a lot more to be found after he came home, than there is to be found in Vietnam in my judgment. But I think that many Swift Boat guys putting together a book, putting together a commercial, it's going to be a mess all the way through the election."